Healthier Version of McDonald’s Shamrock Shake

Healthier Version of McDonald’s Shamrock Shake

Shamrock shakes, bright green vanilla- mint shakes that are so popular at McDonald’s for St. Patrick’s Day.

To say these shamrock shakes are not very healthy is a bit of an understatement. Check out their ingredients and if you want, opt for my healthier version of a McDonald’s shamrock shake below.

Here is a list of the ingredients and nutrients in a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake

Shamrock McCafe® Shake (Small)

VANILLA REDUCED FAT ICE CREAM: Ingredients: Milk, Sugar, Cream, Nonfat Milk Solids, Corn Syrup Solids, Mono- and Diglycerides, Guar Gum, Dextrose, Sodium Citrate, Artificial Vanilla Flavor, Sodium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Disodium Phosphate, Cellulose Gum, Vitamin A Palmitate. ( Contains Milk)

SHAMROCK SHAKE SYRUP: Ingredients: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Water, Sugar, Natural Flavor (Plant Source), Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Yellow 5, Blue 1.May contain small amounts of other shake flavors served at the restaurant, including egg ingredients when Egg Nog Shakes are available.

WHIPPED CREAM: Ingredients: Cream, Nonfat Milk, Corn Syrup, Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Contains Less Than 1%: Mono-And Diglycerides, Carrageenan, Polysorbate 80, Beta Carotene (Color), Natural (Dairy and Plant Sources) and Artificial Flavor, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E) to Protect Flavor. Whipping Propellant (Nitrous Oxide). (Contains Milk)

MARASCHINO CHERRY: Ingredients: Cherries, Water, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Malic Acid, Citric Acid, Natural (Plant Source) and Artificial Flavors, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Red 40, Sulfur Dioxide as Preservative (Contains Sulfites).

530 Calories
11g Protein
15g Fat (24%)
86g Carbs (29%)
160mg Sodium (7%)

My Healthier Version of a Shamrock Shake full of healthy fats and protein filled nut milk- yum!

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  1. Mix all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth
Chocolate Shamrock Shake



  1. Mix in high speed blender until smooth

Will you opt for this healthier version of a Shamrock Shake this year? How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?


About the Author

Written by: Shirley Plant
Shirley Plant is a nutritionist and the author of Finally… Food I Can Eat, a dietary guide and cookbook for people with food allergies, and those looking for healthy, tasty recipes. Shirley offers dietary counselling and menu planning through Delicious Alternatives.

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  1. Sharon Rocheleau says:

    Hi Shirley,
    I LOVE your version of the Chocolate Shamrock Shake! It’s awesome and the avocado makes it so smooth!

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